Phirni Recipe | How to Make Phirni Recipe | Rice Custard

Phirni RecipePhirni Recipe is one of the traditional North Indian (Punjabi) ground rice puddings. It has a thick creamy texture and is usually served in earthen pots.

This Indian dessert is made on special occasions like Holi, Diwali and karwa chauth. In South India, people make a similar recipe but they don’t use rice powder instead they use rice grains and boil and call it as rice kheer.

Instead of using artificial ingredients used in custard readymade powder, I prefer this recipe whenever children ask me to prepare Custard. As we are making this recipe using rice, some might think it’s better to make rice kheer.

I can understand the fact but rice kheer tastes good only when it’s hot, but when it comes to this recipe, it tastes great only when eaten chilled. If you want to try traditional then pour in an earthen pot and refrigerate.

Phirni Recipe | How to Make Phirni Recipe | Rice Custard

Phirni Recipe - Learn how to make Punjabi style rice custard with step by step instructions.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 240 kcal
Author Rambabu Uppada


  • Rice - 6 tbsp.
  • Milk - 5 cups
  • Saffron flowers - 7-8 no.
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tbsp.
  • Pistachio or almonds - 10 - 15 no's.
  • Silver foil - optional
  • Water - 1 cup


How to Make Phirni Recipe:

  1. First, soak rice for half an hour, remove water.
  2. Transfer rice grains on a clean cloth and dry.

Tip: If you are in hurry then you can rub with the same cloth and dry manually.

  1. Make a paste of rice grains by adding 1 cup water.

Tip: You can also make rice powder and add water to milk along with rice powder

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, boil milk for 10 minutes.
  2. Add rice paste and cook for 10 minutes at high temperature without lid covered
  3. Add saffron flowers, sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Cook further for five minutes without the lid, transfer to China bowl.
  5. Top phirni recipe with pistachio and silver foil.

Tip: If you are using almonds, then soak for half an hour.

  1. Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve.

Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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